Brunette, Steinert honored by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Sophomores Nate Brunette and Phil Steinert were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honorees on Wednesday.
Brunette, who was a first-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VI pick in June, carries a near-perfect 3.94 GPA in civil engineering. The Humble native advanced to this year's NCAA Championships quarterfinals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Eugene, Ore. He accounted for 12.75 points at the Southland Outdoor after finishing third in both the 100m and 200m in addition to running lead leg of the sixth-place 400m relay quartet. That came on the heels of racing to a sixth-place finish in the deuce at the Southland Indoor, which helped lead UTSA to its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive title. Brunette was named to UTSA's President's List (4.00 GPA) both semesters this past year.
Steinert, who maintains a 3.82 GPA in kinesiology, placed third in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 59-9 ½ (18.22m) at the Southland Indoor, which helped lead UTSA to its conference-record-tying sixth consecutive championship. The Round Rock native also earned a bronze medal in the hammer at the Southland Outdoor and added a sixth-place performance in the discus at that meet. A NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the hammer, Steinert established a new program record in the hammer (196-3/59.81m) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He also was named to UTSA’s Dean’s List (3.50 GPA) following the fall semester.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).